The West Virginia Economic Development Council (WVEDC) was created to bring the various economic development professionals and organizations from around the state together to share and collaborate on common programs and issues. WVEDC is the only professional organization in the State with the sole functions of promoting economic development and serving economic development professionals across West Virginia.

WVEDC promotes activities to retain and expand current business and industry in West Virginia and to attract new business and industries to West Virginia. These activities include an annual Legislative Conference held during the West Virginia Legislative Session and an Annual Conference held in September. Updates are provided to the members throughout the legislative session.

The WVEDC evolved from the West Virginia Industrial Development Association (WVIDA), which was created in 1961 through the efforts of approximately sixteen railroads and public utilities. Today, our professional membership network represents both the private and public sectors from utilities and railroads, as well as from banks, local development authorities, private industry, regional planning and development councils, and local, state and federal government. Successful economic development requires a coordinated, cooperative effort of many individuals and organizations from both the public and private sectors. The West Virginia Economic Development Council brings those entities together, and allows for the creation of a unified, overall program of economic development in West Virginia.

The West Virginia Economic Development Council is one of the 2017 WV Energy Expo’s Co-Hosting partners, committed to sharing their experience and knowledge of the region to help the state continue to develop and benefit from our state’s resources. For more on the WVEDC, be sure to visit their website at